The Bengals ride a two game winning streak heading to Buffalo. Can the team make it three in a row? The Bills may have something to say about that.
The Bengals prepare for their third preseason today against the Buffalo Bills. Coming off two consecutive victories, the team looks to keep their winning streak alive against the Bills, a team they have had success against recently. Cincinnati has won 4 of its last 5 games against Buffalo, although Buffalo has the all-time series lead at 16-15. The Bengals’ most recent win over the Bills was last season, when they won 20-16.
This game should be the most interesting preseason game for the Bengals as the starters should play a decent chunk of the game. Andy Dalton, AJ Green, Geno Atkins, and other stars may see more than just a quarter of game action as they prepare for the regular season. Buffalo should play many of their starters as well, including LeSean McCoy and Tre’Davious White. Today’s game should be the closest thing to regular season action all preseason.
One particularly interesting tidbit in this game is the recent connections between the Bills and Bengals. There are two main ties between these fan bases. First, there have been several players to swap teams this offseason. The Bengals traded with the Bills to acquire left tackle Cordy Glenn, and also signed former Bill Preston Brown to start at MLB. The Bills picked up AJ McCarron from Cincinnati this offseason as well as oft-maligned center Russell Bodine. There could be some fire between these two teams as former teammates battle.
The other interesting tie between these teams is the end of last season. The Bengals defeated the Ravens on a miraculous 4th down touchdown between Dalton and Tyler Boyd, which sent the Ravens to 9-7. This allowed the Bills to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. The Bills were extremely thankful, and fans made generous donations to Dalton’s charity. Dalton has responded in kind by making a sizable donation to the Roswell Cancer Center in Buffalo.
The Bengals will take the field in Buffalo at 4 p.m. today. The game will be on locally on FOX, so tune in if you can! Who Dey!